The defender is impressed by the legendary midfielder, indicating he has the hunger and desire of a youngster.
Lampard is currently on loan from New York City and has scored five goals from 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and despite being in the autumn years of his career, he is proving to be effective at the top level.
Zabaleta told the Manchester Evening News: "For me what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training: this is what I appreciate from him.
"You see him at training: he is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home.
"He won everything with Chelsea, he's a legend in football and he's still playing like he's 18 years old."
Clearly the 36-year-old still has the hunger and the desire to succeed at the highest level, possibly like an 18-year-old would who wants to prove a point to his manager and the rest of the team.
Perhaps it is one of the reasons that Manuel Pellegrini thought he would be a good signing for the club. Having won everything in the game during his time at Chelsea, he sets an example of what it takes to achieve the kind of success that has made him one of the greats.
There have been rumours of trying to extent Lampard's stay at the Etihad Stadium, and it seems Zabaleta would be a fan of them doing just that - so would Manchester City fans judging by the significant contribution the 36-year-old is making.